Lt. Col. John Paul Reilly

Lt. Col. John Paul Reilly, USMC (Retired), 74, Stafford, Va., passed away Sunday.

He was born in Gallitzin, son of James W. and Catherine J. Reilly.

John is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Carol E. Taylor of Goodland, Kan.; and four children: Stacey Colebaugh and husband, Brian, and four daughters of Stafford, Va., Tracey Brown and husband, Thomas, and two children of Apopka, Fla., Erin Smith and husband, Russell, and two daughters of Stafford, Va., and James and wife, Kazumi, and two children of Atlanta, Ga.

John was preceded in death by the couple’s infant son, Kristjan.

He graduated from California State Teachers College of California, Pa., in 1960 with a degree in industrial arts education. During his sophomore year at CSTC, he joined the Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Course program. Following two summers of training at Quantico, Va., and upon graduation from college, he was commissioned a second lieutenant of Marines and was again ordered to Quantico for further training at the Basic School.

During his 20 years of active duty service, Lt. Col. Reilly served in various command and staff billets, including two tours of duty in Vietnam, commanding officer of Marine Barracks, Keflavik, Iceland, operations officer of the 3rd Marine Division, Okinawa, Japan, and director of the Marine Corps Communication Officer School at Quantico. His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.

Upon retirement in 1980, Lt. Col. Reilly was offered a position by Stafford County school system as a technology education teacher and spent 14 years teaching construction technology and technical drawing at the high school level. He retired from teaching in 1994.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. June 18, 2013, at Covenant Funeral Service, Stafford, Va., with a rosary at 6:30 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon June 19, 2013, at St. William of York Catholic Church, 3130 Jefferson Davis Highway, Stafford, Va., with Father Robert J. DeMartino, celebrant.

Interment will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Quantico National Cemetery. A reception will follow the interment at St. William of York Catholic Church.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Semper Fi Fund,

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